UAFC Joint Programme has chosen to work within Nigeria because of the huge population numbers, and the relatively high levels of HIV infection and relatively low-to-medium levels for contraceptive rates and need for family planning. Furthermore one of the UAFC partners already had extensive contacts with various organizations that expressed their interest in a large scale female condom programme.
Society for Family Health (SFH)
The Society for Family Health (SFH) in Nigeria is the lead organisation to implement the programme. SFH already holds 80 per cent of the male condom market in Nigeria and has vast experience in marketing and distributing condoms. The female condom programme works largely by providing female condoms through the private sector (pharmacies, hair dressers, beauty parlours) whereas the government and UNFPA work within the public sector (family planning clinics). The women’s organisations combined with the private outlets within the SFH distribution network give the programme a huge outreach.
In-country Advocacy partners
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH)
ARFH is one of the leading indigenous non-profit organisations in Nigeria committed improving the quality of life of underserved and vulnerable communities by promoting access to quality health care and harnessing community capacities for sustainable development. The organization has its headquarters in Ibadan and 3 other offices in Abuja, Kaduna and Katsina.
Education as a Vaccine (EVA)
Using child and youth friendly approaches, EVA strengthens the capacities of children, young people and other stakeholders to facilitate and sustain social change in the area of health, protection and education through integrated programming. The organizational programming priorities are aligned with Millennium Development Goals (2-6) with a focus on sexual and reproductive health, HIV and AIDS, child health and basic education.